Virginia LEND Welcomes New Faculty Members

August 30, 2013

The Va-LEND program is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members.

Beth A. Bader, Ph.D.
Beth Bader is joining the Va-LEND core faculty from the School of Education, Department of Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In the School of Education, Dr. Bader is an Assistant Professor and coordinates the M.Ed. in Severe Disabilities program. For more than 30 years, Dr. Bader has administered programs and provided direct service, consultation and technical assistance within higher education; and within developmental disability, health, mental health, and other disability related state and local agencies. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Bader provides academic advising and individualized curriculum development for VCU's federally funded Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) Project. From 1999-2009, Dr. Bader was Project Coordinator for three multi-year, multi-million dollar training and technical assistance projects funded by the Social Security Administration and was the PI for a state-funded, personnel preparation program for provisionally licensed special educators from 2009-2013. Dr. Bader replaces Austin Mulloy, Ph.D. who has moved to another university to continue his teaching and research.

Matthew Bogenschutz, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Matthew (Matt) Bogenschutz is joining the Va-LEND core faculty from the VCU School of Social Work. Dr. Bogenschutz comes to VCU with over 8 years of practice experience in IDD and five years of experience at the Institute on Community Integration, Minnesota's UCEDD, including one year as a Minnesota LEND post-doctoral fellow. For the last two years he was on faculty at the School of Social Work at Adelphi University. He specializes in the study of the direct support workforce that serves adults with developmental disabilities where they live and work. He also has a strong interest in self-directed support options and other emerging policy solutions that provide people with disabilities and their families' greater autonomy and flexibility in designing supports that meet individual needs. Dr. Bogenschutz holds a MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work and a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He replaces Jaclyn Miller, Ph.D. who retired from Va-LEND after 10 years of service.